Monday, December 14, 2015

Note Home Tonight

Hello Families,
    A few reminders:
  1. Tomorrow our class will be visiting the Christmas store here at school. If you’d like to participate, please send the note back with the correct money amount. If you lost the note, please write down the people your child should buy a gift for and the money amount they should spend on each person. Gifts range from $1-$5.
  2. We didn’t write spelling words in the agendas today. We will do that tomorrow.
  3. Tomorrow is our library day. Please return the library book your child checked out last week so they can get a new one.
  4. Check out our blog for class news and updates
Ms. Hopp

Doubles Doubles We Can Add Doubles!

   We've taken a break from the math book lessons for two days to learn more about doubles facts. First we read a book titled, Two of Everything. This is a traditional tale from China about a magic pot that doubles (makes twice as much) of anything put into it. The students learned what double means. Then we made a book page of our own. We thought and wrote about what we would put in the pot to be doubled. 
   Today we revisited the concept of doubles. As seen in the pictures below, the kids doubled paint-dots. Then we wrote down the results and noticed a pattern of even numbers as totals. Using that reasoning, we also figured out the doubles to larger equations like 11+11, 12+12, etc. Here are some pictures of our learning!

Here's a song to help us with our facts:

We Can Code!!!

Last Friday we learned about computer coding! Yes, in first grade we can code! Mrs. Ware, our technology coach, came into our classroom and introduced us to coding. Then we visited the computer lab to try it out. Some students even made it to level 12 out of 15 levels in about 35 minutes! We tried the Star Wars coding activity as this is age appropriate. There are other coding activities to try. If you'd like to try it at home, here's the link: 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

We Are Learning Lots!

Here are some things we are working on this week:

   * Super e makes vowels say their name (-ike, -ite, and -ide word families)
   * Blends are two consonants that blend together to make a sound. (bl, fl, cl, st, sm,        sn dr, tr, etc.)
   * When we read fiction we can retell the story and include: setting, characters,                problem, beginning, middle, end and solution.
   * Traditional tales have been told for a long time. They often start with "once upon a      time", have talking animal characters, sets of 3 and teach a lesson. We also                 compared different versions of familiar traditional tales. 
   * In writing we continue to work on writing with sequence (first, then, last) and               using conventions of writing (capitals, endmarks, spaces, neat handwriting)
   * In math we've been learning about solving equations and story problems with              missing partners (addends).

**Tomorrow is slushy day! Slushies are $1. 
**Friday is an early release day, please let me know how your child will get home if going a different way.

Monday, December 7, 2015

This Week

This is the second week of the month, that means it's share week! Here's the note: 

                  Hello First Grade Families,
In November we will be starting our share time at school. Share time is used to assess your child’s oral speaking skills and ability to stay on topic. Your child will be assigned a specific day to share. He/she needs to tell the class at least five complete sentences about one topic. Examples of things your child could share are: vacation pictures, a favorite book or other things that interest them. He/she must clearly speak about their share item, without reading off of a sheet of paper. We are also working on starting our sentences with different beginnings. Therefore, I will also be grading your child on whether or not they do this. Educational items seem to work best for share time. Please only send toys as a last resort-they tend to distract both the speaker and the listeners. No live animals are allowed. Pictures of pets/animals work best. Practicing these skills at home before your child’s share day is a great way to help them succeed. The calendar for sharing is as follows. Please make sure to mark your calendars at home! 

Thank you,
Ms. Hopp

Share time will be the second week of every month

Monday: Angel, Darian, Maria, Malachy

Tuesday: Bailey E., Rose, Bailey G., Kiersten

Wednesday: Ozzy, Lauren, Stephanie, Jazzmin

Thursday: Aaron, Natalie, Payton

Friday: Jake, Titus, Nick, Alexa

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


You can now turn in November Book-It calendars. To get a free pizza coupon your child must have read or been read to for 20 minutes a day for 20 days. Please return the November calendar this week. I'll be sending home the new December Book-it calendar along with other notes today. Please check the agenda.